Bellville Turnverein Pavilion

Bellville Turnverein Pavilion (HM27RP)

Location: Bellville, TX 77418 Austin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 56.768', W 96° 14.829'

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In the 19th century two organizations, the Bellville Social Club and the Bellville Turnverein Gut Heil, sponsored community-wide social activities. The Social Club purchased this property from Herman Miller in 1883 and planned construction of a pavilion. The Bellville Turnverein, founded in 1885, built an opera house in 1889 which became the center of the town's social activity.

In 1895, the Turnverein purchased the Social Club's property and hired local contractor Joachim Hintz to build this pavilion. It was completed in 1897. One of several polygonal social halls built in Austin County, this 12-sided structure required extra long lumber which was shipped directly from the mills. It became the primary site for community celebrations and activities.

The city of Bellville purchased the property and pavilion in 1937 and sponsored a competition among Texas A&M University students to redesign the park. The winning design, along with a grant from the Federal Works Progress Administration, enabled the city to build new facilities and update the pavilion with modern amenities. It continues to serve as a focal point for many community gatherings.
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HM NumberHM27RP
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Year Placed1996
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 765700 N 3316004
Decimal Degrees29.94613333, -96.24715000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 56.768', W 96° 14.829'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 56' 46.08" N, 96° 14' 49.74" W
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Area Code(s)979
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1032-1098 Farm to Market Rd 529, Bellville TX 77418, US
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